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James Higson last won the day on January 24

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About James Higson

  • Birthday 12/20/1990

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    West Yorkshire England
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    Patternwelding, Beekeeping, Bonsai, Rugby, Beer.

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  1. James Higson

    Another Small one

    Delightfully tight 'W's, great little knife
  2. James Higson

    180 mm Feather pattern Gyuto (WIP)

    Yeah I think I remember, the ludicrously tall one? Haha. Yep, odds are pretty on. Never lost something in the post but sods law and all that is he doing that weird 'S' grind thingy he was talking about? Not sure how I feel about that, straight lines are sexy. The time of the turdyplop is upon us! Soon everyone will see us as visionaries and it isn't just a sample he takes from deer, he jacks them off and grows them in dishes! Fine dexterity he then transfers to screwing up pattern welding and making better patterns!
  3. James Higson

    180 mm Feather pattern Gyuto (WIP)

    That is epic! Looks like it will cut like a laser too
  4. James Higson

    210mm Gyuto (wrought iron damascus clad)

    Sensual, love the nickel barrier layer too, looks great! Is that practical or cosmetic? Highly productive indeed! James
  5. James Higson

    Propane forges and Forge welding.

    Getting dragon's breath does normally indicate a neutral or reducing atmosphere. I get a reducing atmosphere even with the choke on my AMAL burner fully open, it's likely due to the size of your propane nipple in the burner chucking out a ton of gas, too much for the air being taken in with it. This is not a bad thing for a lot of work as you get cleaner steel (which is most important to me) but it does hurt your wallet
  6. James Higson

    Forced air propane forge build.

    I have two venturi burner forges. They work beautifully in high wind and also everywhere else. They are AMAL burners and have served me very well. I have always been told that forced air propane burners when used for forge welding absolutely chew up your steel with oxidative scale formation. Is this the case?
  7. James Higson

    Japanese Style Work/not a one trick pony

    Great story and I can see why you are proud of that last tanto, absolutely magnificent activity in the hamon. You continue to inspire and educate, can't wait to see what you make next!
  8. James Higson

    Flame-Edge Serpent Seaxes - Finished

    Wow, thank you for the kind words and for the nomination Emiliano, I think I speak for sam and I when I say that means more than you know. We owe at least half of the project to your guidance through the tortuous world of leather sheath making! Thank you Ryan, Jason and Josh, makes those hours in the workshop instead of assisting with wedding planning all worthwhile!
  9. James Higson

    Flame-Edge Serpent Seaxes - Finished

    Cheers guys, means a lot after so much work!
  10. James Higson

    Flame-Edge Serpent Seaxes - Finished

    They will absolutely be part of the regalia. We're getting married in a castle and we are allowed to wear the Seaxes until the drinking starts, they then have to go into the armoury! A reasonable request I think
  11. James Higson

    Flame-Edge Serpent Seaxes - Finished

    Cheers Josh! Sorry, didn't get any top down shots of them! The handles are oval shaped so much thinner than they appear James
  12. Dear All, These Anglo Saxon inspired seaxes are finally finished for my wedding two months hence! Some of the WIP (before I broke my camera and had to push onwards) is on this thread: Enjoy! Comments and Criticism gratefully received. I have learnt a heck of a lot on this build, if I were to be making just one I am sure I could have done a much better job of it. However, since there were ten.... yes ten.... with a definite deadline I struggled to spend the extra hundred hours on the sheath required per piece! All in all, I'm happy with them and I'm sure their new owners will be too. A huge amount of thanks must go to Sam Ecroyd, without whom this would not have been possible! Cheers, James P.S. Sorry about the bits of stuff on the blades, didn't realise there was dust on them until I was editing!
  13. James Higson

    San mai Q's

    Any oxygen getting between the layers with stainless will kill your weld. Welding along the entire seam is recommended for this reason. Wire would not be ideal. James
  14. James Higson

    Sickle-Blade Short-Sword

    Looks wicked! Like a stretched out Khopesh. I like it.
  15. James Higson

    San mai headache

    Hi Tomislav, Just had a look at the composition of 1.2519. Looks like it has 0.3%M and 1.2% Cr! Likely your mild doesn't like that a lot and also likely means that the mild is moving significantly more during heating and cooling cycles than the core, causing it to tear itself apart. I don't know what other carbon steels are available to you where you are but I would try another lower M and Cr steel. James